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Table 2 Item responses to the FAST scale (N = 11,992)

From: Validation of the food access survey tool to assess household food insecurity in rural Bangladesh

Original question Item description Responses (%)
Never Rarely Some-times Often Mostly
In the past 6 months, how often did…
Item 1a you eat three ‘square meals’ (full stomach meals) a day (not a festival day) Square meals 2.1 1.7 6.2 7.6 82.4
Item 2 you or any of your family have to eat wheat (or another grain) although you wanted to eat rice (not including when you were sick)? Have to eat other grains 92.7 3.2 3.2 0.7 0.2
Item 3 you yourself skip entire meals due to scarcity of food? Skip entire meals 89.0 5.8 4.0 0.9 0.3
Item 4 you personally eat less food in a meal due to scarcity of food? Eat less 77.3 7.0 10.7 2.9 2.1
Item 5 food stored in your home run out and there was no money to buy more that day? Run out of food 87.4 6.8 4.7 0.9 0.2
Item 6 you worry about where food would come from? Worry about food 85.0 5.7 6.1 1.7 1.5
Item 7 your family purchase rice? Purchase rice often 57.9 8.5 8.2 9.5 15.9
Item 8 your family take food (rice, lentils etc.) on credit (or loan) from a local shop? Take food on credit 84.1 4.6 6.3 2.6 2.4
Item 9 your family have to borrow food from relatives or neighbors to make a meal? Borrow food 79.4 12.6 6.9 0.9 0.2
  1. aItem 1 is reversely coded in analysis and the description for that reversed item 1 is “no square meals”